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Tuesday Cook Off ~Candy Corn Cookie Bark

Tuesday Cook Off ~Candy Corn Cookie Bark

I have to admit something to you…I love candy corn.   I am not a big candy person at all.  In fact, the only time I eat candy is in the fall when you can buy candy corn.  So I guess fall has arrived in Arizona because it’s now on the shelves at the stores.  Also the evenings are getting cool here in Arizona.   The mornings are also every nice.  So time to break out the candy corn.   Did I forget to tell you that my son’s also LOVE candy corn!

So each holiday I see on Pinterest the candy bark and all the holiday colors of candy.  I always make a mental note to buy the ingredients and make the bark.  It’s not hard at all.   Well, I finally got my act together early and this weekend the boys and I made the Candy corn bark.   It’s so easy and so good!  Honestly, this will make an awesome hostess gift during the holidays.   It’s something different and delicious and who doesn’t like a gift you can eat 🙂

Candy Corn Cookie Bark Gift Idea

Recipe from: Your Home Based Mom

Candy Corn Cookie Bark

Ingredients: 

  • 14 whole Oreos, broken up. You can use the Halloween Oreos but I used the regular
  • 1 1/2 C pretzels, broken into pieces. I used the small pretzels
  • 1 lb. white chocolate, almond bark or melts found in the bulk food section.  I used the white almond bark
  • 1 C candy corn
  • brown and orange colored sprinkles

Directions: 

  • Cover a large cookie sheet with wax paper
  • Spread broken cookes, pretzels and about 3/4 C of the candy corn onto the waxed paper
  • Place white chocolate in a container and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes
  • Stir and then microwave for another 30 seconds until melted and smooth
  • White chocolate melts faster and burns easier than chocolate
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookie mixture, spreading with spatula if needed to coat evenly
  • Sprinkle remaining candy corn and colored sprinkles over the chocolate while it is still wet
  • Place cookie tray into refrigerator until set and firm
  • Remove and gently break bark into small pieces
  • Store in air tight container
Candy Corn Cookie Bark

Candy Corn Cookie Bark

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Brown Sugar Pumpkin Muffins with Crumb Topping

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Brown Sugar Pumpkin Muffins with Crumb Topping

It is starting to feel like fall here in Phoenix.   The mornings and evening are finally getting cool and it’s a joy to actually walk outside.   So when temperatures start to dip here in Phoenix I start to break out the pumpkin.   My whole family is pumpkin lovers and likes almost anything pumpkin.   So I found this recipe on Pinterest and have been waiting to make these muffins. Finally, this weekend I made the muffins and they were delicious!!  Next time my youngest son wants me to add some chocolate chips to the muffins and I know this will be a great addition.

Here is the recipe from:  Top Inspired

Ingredients: 

2 1/2 cups AP flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks (12 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree or 1 1/2 cups homemade puree

3 large eggs

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 375.  In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.  In another bowl combine the butter, sugar, pumpkin, and eggs.  Add dry to wet ingredients, stir to combine, don’t over mix.

2.  Pour batter into lined muffin pan.  Makes 12 big muffins. Or: one buttered and floured 9×5 loaf pan.

3.  Bake for 25-30 minutes (1 hour and 15-20 minutes for bread), until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Dig in while they’re still warm!

For the Crumb Topping:
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 C AP flour
  • 1/2 C butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Cookies

My oldest son just loves peanut butter.  Actually, so do I.   But finding a good peanut butter cookie recipe has been hard.  After trying many recipes, I think I found a winner.   My whole family just loves them and my oldest sons friends request for me to make them all the time.   That’s how I know it’s a winning recipe!  These cookies are soft and chewy with just the right amount of peanut butter.   This recipe is super easy.  Aside from the 2 hour chill time these cookies are a snap to make.   I promise you will love them!

Recipe from: The Busty Baker

Makes about 30 – 2 inch cookies

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
½ cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugars, and peanut butter just until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix just until the dough comes together.
3. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Remove the dough from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
4. With racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, preheat to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. Pour about ¼ cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl.
5. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll them in the granulated sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Using the back tines of a fork, make a crosshatch pattern on each cookie, flattening it slightly.
6. Bake, rotating sheets halfway, until cookies begin to brown at the edges but centers still look slightly uncooked, 9 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

The kids are back in school and Labor Day has passed us.  It’s time to start thinking about pumpkin!  I love pumpkin bread, cookies, pies etc.   I have been scoping out my pumpkin recipes for months now.   So with Labor Day behind us, I thought I would feature my first pumpkin recipe of the fall.   This bread is so easy to make and is so good.  I promise you will just love the taste of this bread.  My youngest son, who is also a pumpkin lover, gave it a thumbs up!  That is hard to get from him 🙂

If you have a great pumpkin recipe, I would love for you to share it with us.   Please email Linda@mybabypajamas.com.

Yields 1 loaf

Recipe from Delishhh Blog

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups unbleached flour (you may substitute up to 3/4 cup whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp milk

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour one 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt and spices. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined. Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin, mixing well between each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes, until loaf feels firm and springy when pressed in the center and a tester inserted comes out clean (except for melted chocolate chips). Cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. To prepare glaze, sift powdered sugar with nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add milk until mixture is thin enough to drizzle. Pour glaze over cool bread. Bread will keep well wrapped at room temperature for two days, in the refrigerator for five days, or in the freezer for up to four months.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

So if you have been following my blog and all my Tuesday Cook Off posts you know that my family loves muffins.   We actually don’t eat muffins for breakfast but more as a dessert.    Well, my husband does enjoy a muffin with his coffee in the morning but he’s probably the only one in the family.  Anyway, banana muffins, bread etc. is one of my youngest sons favorites so I came across this recipe and just had to try it.    The recipe did call for walnuts but I had to leave those off because of my oldest son allergies.   Trust me, we didn’t miss them at all.   Though I am sure the walnuts give it a nice crunch!

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Makes 16 muffins. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Muffins freeze well, up to 3 months.

Ingredients: 

    • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 3/4 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas, very ripe (about 3 large ripe bananas)
    • 3 Tablespoons yogurt (I used vanilla greek yogurt)
Streusel
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the streusel first by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, gently toss together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Using an electric stand or hand mixer, beat the sugar, butter, and egg in a large bowl until fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed. On low speed, beat in the mashed bananas and yogurt. By hand, stir in the dry ingredients mixing until everything is just combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Layer one spoonful of batter into the muffin cup. Sprinkle with streusel. Layer another spoonful on top and layer with more streusel. Continue to layer batter and streusel into each muffin tin.
  5. Bake muffins for 5 minutes at 425F degrees. Lower temperature dial down to 350F degrees and continue to bake for about 14 more minutes until the muffins are set and lightly browned. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tins and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

With it being back to school and everyone trying to get back on schedule, I thought I would feature a simple but delicious easy dinner.   I don’t know about your house but our house takes a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things once school starts.   Getting back into a routine is important but my boys fight me tooth and nail.   My youngest hates that his bedtime is 8:15 again.   My oldest is a teenager but my husband and I like for him to be in bed and watching TV by 9 pm.   We know that after a long day of school it doesn’t take him long to fall asleep.   Of course my husband always sets my sons TV timer so it does not stay on all night.  Yes, by this time the grown ups are in bed too 🙂

If your house is like ours after school its homework, homework and more homework.  Plus, factor in errands and after school activities.   I feel like I am in my car from 3 pm to at least 5:30 most days.   This is way cooking dinner in the crock-pot is a busy moms dream.

I actually found this recipe on Facebook and loved that it was low in calories.   I am always looking for new ways to cook chicken because BBQ can get old quick!    This recipe was so simple and it was delicious.   I served it with Roasted Garlic Quinoa and steamed broccoli.   Everyone in the house loved the chicken!!

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 24 ounces) or breasts
sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley

Directions: 
Combine the first five dry spices in a small bowl and spread over chicken on both sides. Set aside. Pour olive oil and garlic on the bottom of the crock pot. Place chicken on top. Pour balsamic vinegar over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Sprinkle with fresh parsley on top to serve.   Note:  I did double the first five dry spices to cover the chicken.   Which I think really helped with the favor.

Nutrition Info:

Servings: 8* Calories per serving: 133* Fat: 5g* Cholesterol: 70mg* Sodium: 222mg* Carbs: 4g* Fiber: 0g* Sugars: 3g* Protein: 17g* Points+: 6*

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Mini Cinnamon Monkey Rolls

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Mini Cinnamon Monkey Rolls

If I have said it once, I have probably told you a million times that my family and I love cinnamon.   Anything cinnamon is probably going to be a favorite of mine 🙂   So about a month ago I was surfing on Pinterest and came across this recipe for the mini cinnamon monkey rolls.   I just love monkey rolls and bread.    Breaking off one piece at a time is a grazer’s dream.

I made this recipe for Sunday morning and they did not last long at all.   The recipe makes 12 mini rolls.   Now, I will say my family didn’t down them in one sitting but they were happy to graze all day and pick little bites throughout the day.    Yes, I had some too!  They were really good and it’s such a easy recipe.   If you don’t have time for dough to rise this is the recipe for you.

Recipe Yields 12 mini rolls

Ingredients: 

12 Rhodes™ Dinner rolls, thawed but still cold  (you can find them in the freezer section)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons corn syrup

½ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1-2 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon vanilla

Directions: 

12 Dinner rolls – thawed but still cold, melted butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and Cinnamon.  Cut each Dinner roll into 6 equal pieces. Use a pair of kitchen scissors or a pizza wheel.  In a bowl, combine melted butter and corn syrup and stir until well mixed. In another bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Dip 6 roll pieces at a time in the butter mixture.   Plop each of those buttered pieces in the cinnamon and sugar bowl.   Roll them around until they are coated from head to toe.   Place 6 pieces in each well – sprayed cup of a 12 cup muffin tin. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size.   Preheat 350 degree oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.   Chefs note: Once you remove them from the oven, you will notice that some of that yummy caramel has oozed up and out of the tin. Don’t despair! Don’t leave it there! Simply take a heat proof spatula, and quickly push all that gooey caramel back over to the beautiful rolls.   While they are still quite warm, take a knife and go around the edges of each well. The rolls won’t stick . . . they will easily come right out of their hole.  I like to lay out a piece of parchment paper and place each roll upside down. Most of the gooey caramel is resting on the bottom. Once they cool slightly, and the caramel has set a bit . . . turn them right side up.  Prepare the vanilla glaze and drizzle it over the rolls. I like to drizzle when the rolls are still just a tad warm. The glaze will seep down into the crevices and each little bite will be “sweet!” You can use a spoon, fork or a squeeze bottle.

Try to eat just one!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chewy Granola Bars

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chewy Granola Bars

It’s back to school in Arizona tomorrow.   We definitely start early here but the good thing we also get out earlier than the rest of the country.  My boys get out of school in mid May.  So with that being said, they definitely have had a long enough summer and are starting to fight a lot.   Which makes me crazy because it’s ALWAYS over something trivial like video games.

Which brings me to the subject of school lunches.   We all want our kids to eat healthy at school but I also like to give them a little treat too.  Hence, granola bars. With my oldest having the lactose problem and not being able to eat anything store bought that says, “may contain milk”, I did a lot of baking over the summer.    After falling in love with Pinterest and trying a few different recipes, I think I found a winner for chewy granola bars.  One thing I would like to add is both my boys love M & M’s in their granola.  Okay, so do I 🙂  I love that this recipe has oatmeal and flax seed in it too.  Plus, the Rice Krispies gives it that extra crunch.   I did use regular size M & M’s and I added about 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.  This recipe would be really easy to add the ingredients that you like too.   I think next time I will add raisins.

Chewy Granola Bars

Yields 16 bars

Ingredients:

 2 1/2 cups quick rolled oats

1/2 cup Rice Krispies

1/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup mini M & M candies
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
Directions: 
 Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 9 X 9 inch square pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix together until well combined.
Press into prepared pan. Bake 18 – 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool 5 minutes and then score into bars. Let it set completely and then cut into bars.
The nutritional info for each bar: calories per bar – 215, fat – 12, carbs – 24, protein – 6

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon -Basil Dressing

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon -Basil Dressing

Looking for that great side dish to bring to a BBQ this summer?   Well, you don’t have to look any further I have found it for you.   This quinoa salad is the perfect side dish.   It is not a heavy salad so it’s great on a hot summers day and the lemon-basil dressing is simple, light, and fresh.  Another great thing about this salad is that it is gluten free! The quinoa and garbanzo beans provide a double protein punch too.

I made this dish for the weekend and the left over’s were great for my husband’s lunch.   My husband and I enjoyed this quinoa salad cold but it can be served right when the quinoa is done.   I chilled it for about 3-4 hours so the lemon-basil dressing could sink in to everything.

Enjoy the summer!

Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3 roma tomatoes
1 orange bell pepper
1 1/2 cups corn (I used frozen, thawed)
4 green onions

{For the dressing}
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. basil (I used fresh)

Directions:

Rinse quinoa, and cook according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and basil. Set aside.
Slice green onions, dice roma tomatoes and bell pepper.
When quinoa is done cooking, let cool. Then place all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour dressing over top and mix well to combine.
Can eat immediately or chill before serving.

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Kickee Pants Bamboo Boy Elephant Footie Pajamas

Kickee Pants Bamboo Boy Elephant Footie Pajamas

My Baby Pajamas has received a shipment of Kickee Pants Bamboo Footies.   These are one of our best sellers.   We have received two patterns for boys and two patterns for girls with the ruffles.    The Kickee Pants Bamboo footies will not last long in stock I so suggest buying what you need now 🙂

Haven’t tried Kickee Pants pajamas yet?  You are missing out!  Kickee Pants Pajamas are incredibly soft and luxurious feeling.  Bamboo is an eco-friendly, sustainable crop that grows wild without the aid of fertilizers or pesticides.  Bamboo fabric is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antistatic.  Bamboo absorbs water 3-4 times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky.  And, bamboo stays 2-3 degrees cooler in the hot weather and 2-3 degrees warmer in the cold weather.

Kickee Pants Bamboo Girl Elephant Ruffle Footie Pajamas

Kickee Pants Bamboo Girl Elephant Ruffle Footie Pajamas

We also received the Kickee Pants Circus Stripe footie pajamas and the Kickee Pants Candy Stripe Ruffle footie Pajamas.  The girl ruffle footies are priced at $38.00 and the boy footie pajamas are priced at $34.00.

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Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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